The beginning of the new year and spring semester provides an ideal opportunity for reflection and renewal. At Lewis & Clark, we look back with pride on recent accomplishments and look ahead with resolve to the work that lies before us.
As you’ll read in this issue, we have much to celebrate, including:
- Two of our undergraduate students were finalists not only for the prestigious Marshall Scholarship but also for the Rhodes Scholarship, the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship award in the world.
- Graduate School alumnus Jesse Lowes M.A.T. ’11 chronicled his experiences exploring the Galapagos Islands as one of just 35 teachers in North America selected to be a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow.
- The Small Business Legal Clinic marks its 10th anniversary having served more than 900 low-income small and emerging businesses, three-quarters of which are owned by women, minorities, and recent immigrants.
At the same time, our community has been organizing around important and challenging issues involving diversity, inclusion, and equity—issues that get at the very heart of who we are, what we value, and how we treat each other.
We have been actively engaged in these matters for many years, but events at Lewis & Clark and on scores of campuses around the nation have galvanized our community to redouble our efforts.
It is no surprise to me that our students have been among the primary catalysts for change. Lewis & Clark students have a long and cherished tradition of pushing the boundaries of knowledge and conventions. On all three of our campuses, we pursue learning, fairness, and justice with equal ardor.
Toward those ends, I am pleased to announce the appointment of Professor of Law Janet Steverson as our new dean of diversity and inclusion. She will report directly to me, and brings to this critical position unmatched expertise and experience, deep institutional knowledge, and a record of strengthening our community through collaboration.
We are Lewis & Clark, a vibrant educational community. We explore together. We move forward together. We make a difference together.
Barry Glassner, President
Professor of Law Janet Steverson is Lewis & Clark’s new dean of diversity and inclusion. She is currently chair of the Committee on Diversity and Inclusion and will begin her new role at the end of the academic year.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Steverson joined our faculty in 1990 and is lauded for her teaching and leadership. In 2009, she was named the law school’s Douglas K. Newell Professor of Teaching Excellence for her dedication to student success and the ways in which she “enriches the academic experience with pragmatism, rigor, and humor.” The law school class of 2013 honored her with the Leo Levenson Award for Excellence in Teaching.